Ooty In The Nilgiris (#1), 1880 Photo

Ooty In The Nilgiris (#1), 1880 Photo

Old 1880 photo of Ooty in the Nilgiris or the Blue Mountains. It shows a sprawling and unique landscape of a 19th-century Ooty. Today the tourist town displays a more unfamiliar landscape of a crowded hill station with excessive commercialization.

Colonial-era Englishmen and Europeans would frequent the hill station as often as possible, escaping the oppressive heat of Madras or other parts of South India. Elevated at a height of 7400 feet. Despite the commercialization, the hill station is still incredibly beautiful today.

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway connects Ooty to Mettupalayam and from then to Coimbatore, Chennai, and so on. It has a huge artificial lake that was commissioned by the British discoverer John Sullivan. The Todas, Kotas, and other ethnic communities have been the original settlers for centuries.

Read more-  Ooty, and Wellington Of Yesteryears. See posts- Ooty or Ootacamund Lake – Old Print 1920s.

Did you know- opened in 1898 the Nilgiri Mountain Railway is the steepest railways in Asia and runs on the rack and pinion system. 

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Photo Details

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Photograph Size -

10 x 8 inches

Photographer -

Samuel Bourne